Antics Of Earthbound Astronauts



One step for man, two giant leaps for Earthbound Astronauts


  • The Reunion Part II - Amman, Jordan to Cairo, Egypt


    This is The Reunion Part II! Since leaving you at a drool-soaked table at Egypt airport, The Earthbound Astronauts have ventured through ancient Jordan, taken a spontaneous detour into the religious epicentre of Israel and were unexpectedly stranded in turbulent Egypt, the very place we were attempting to avoid! We hate predictability, so what comes next will not disappoint!To listen to the Part II podcast click HERE!Jordan – Amman & Petra – October 22nd – October 29thCasey and I arrived into Amman completely exhausted after our restless night in the Cairo airport, so we headed to our prearranged hostel. This particular hostel had been so highly recommended by a multitude of people online, with all the comments including how wonderful the proprietor ‘Andrew’ was. The hostel itself was nothing special, quite rundown and minimalistic, but we did have the opportunity to meet this infamous Andrew, completely validating all the positive comments. We spent our first day in Amman recovering followed by din

  • The Reunion Part I - Geneva, Switzerland to Casablanca, Morocco


    After three contrasting months apart, The Earthbound Astronauts have finally reunited! We’ve only been on the road for five weeks, yet we’ve had the pleasure of traversing through eight distinctly different countries. It’s been an adventure-filled reunion, so this is only Part I of our unpredictable voyage. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it!To listen to the Part I podcast click HERE!Switzerland – Geneva – September 30th– October 1stAfter being apart for three months, we were both enthusiastic to start the next phase of our journey. Meeting in Geneva was convenient for us both as Casey had been travelling with his parents in Switzerland, and Geneva was only a short two-hour train ride away from Lyon, where I had been stationed for the previous two months. We jubilantly met at a prearranged hostel both invigorated by the unknown of the coming months. Casey was excited to be no longer travelling solo, whilst I was ecstatic to be on the move once more. Wanting to celebrate our once again formidable duo, we vent

  • The long awaited podcast!


    The Earthbound Astronauts parted for a few months, but here is a quick rundown of what we got up to! Make sure you keep posted in the coming weeks because we'll have another blog and podcast coming your way!To listen to the long awaited podcast click HERE!

  • Vientiane, Laos to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia


    Wow! It’s been a long time since the last post, but we have been going strong and there is a lot to catch up on! Casey and I have enjoyed our time in both China and Tibet and have ventured forth into the unknown of Mongolia! I have a lot of information to cover, so I’m taking a slightly different tack and writing about location rather then day-by-day. Welcome back and enjoy! To listen to our more then overdue podcast click here!Vientiane & Luang Prabang, Laos - Mar 28th to Apr 3rd After enduring Vientiane in all is ‘grandeur’ (or incredible lack there of!), we decided to continue on to Luang Prabang, the popular pinnacle of Lao tourism. Luang Prabang was a truly beautiful town, isolated from the majority of westernizations. The town was very laidback, making it easy to lose track of days. With the sites of the town consisting of a mighty 32 wats, the Pak Ou Buddha caves on the Mekong and the magnificently formed Kuang Si waterfall, it was easy to see why Luang Prabang was a highlight for anyone venturing

  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Vientiane, Laos


    We have a lot to catch up on! We have regrettably finished our journey through the intriguingly beautiful Vietnam and have arrived in Laos to continue northward on our voyage to the red giant, China.To listen to the podcast click Here!Due to the sheer number of days since the previous blog, I have combined days spent in the same location. Enjoy. Mar 8th We had previously organised to reunite with two girls we had met whilst on Koh Samet, Sofie and Mari, and join them slowly staggering north to the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi. Having jointly decided with the girls to leave Ho Chi Minh City the following day, this left us all with a full day to see as much as we possibly could of this Vietnamese metropolis. We used the morning to visit the war remnants museum, which had been cringingly described to us as an emotionally evoking experience similar to that faced at the S-21 museum in Phnom Penh. After walking in the heat and humidity that accompanies all large Asian cities, we arrived at a museum surrounded by varyi

  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


    Yet again, it has been a while since we have posted a blog, a podcast or any photos, and for good reason. We’ve left Cambodia and have been “occupying” ourselves in Vietnam, but more about that later.To listen to the podcast click here!Feb 26thUnfortunately, the appeal of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, was purely due to the remnants of the Khmer Rouge regime and the reminder of Cambodian genocide a minute forty years before. The emotion of this day definitely outweighs any other on our trip thus far. The anxiety we both felt as we walked towards the Tuol Sleng Genocide museum, which in the height of Khmer Rouge reign was known as Security prison 21 (S-21), was extremely burdening to say the least. S-21, was originally Tuol Svay Prey high school, a fact that is still more then evident at the museum. As we apprehensively visited each room of the three story buildings of the four that formed the complex, we caught glimpses of the horrific brutalities that occurred in each, contributing to a systematic regime

  • Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, Cambodia


    We are officially templed-out after exploring the temples of Angkor Wat and Vietnam is lingering in our sights.To listen to the podcast click HERE!15th, 16th& 17th FebWe apologise for the time between posts, but it is purely due to the few days after our last post not warranting any real report. Unfortunately, we had our first run in with suspected food poisoning. We were too fearful to leave the room in Siem Reap and were living off a bare trickle of food, including tiny croissants, cheese biscuits and wagon wheel like biscuits called “choco pies”. This resulted in the Choco pie incident of 2013…… Even so, we were still in pretty high spirits and did enjoy the time relaxing (if you can call it that) even though the guilt of being so close yet so far to the temples was occasionally evident. In a way, we were lucky that we were both impeded by this illness at the same time. Sharing such a small room with a bathroom that seemed to amplify everything, has definitely cemented our friendship pretty solid

  • Koh Samet to Siem Reap, Cambodia - Valentine's Day


    Happy Valentine's Day!We have finally left the beach and are in our second country, Cambodia.To listen to the podcast click here!9th FebAfter waking up relatively late due to a long night of celebrations for Casey’s birthday, we had decided to stay in Koh Samet for two more nights. We found out that our current room has been previously booked, so we had to find some new accommodation. We walked around for about an hour in the rain trying to find a hotel, until we eventually found one just around the corner. Fortunately for us, the hotel was much nicer then the first and at the same price of 500 baht, or approximately A$16 for us both, was a steal. We inevitably spent the day relaxing by the beach reading, before Casey enjoyed a run on the beach. The day was then finished off by having dinner with some friends we’d made the day before, by the beach of course.10th FebAs our final day on Koh Samet, we decided to make it count with some serious beach work. I, unfortunately for me, was roomridden due to a very mil

  • Bangkok to Koh Samet


    We arrived in Thailand safely!To listen to the latest podcast click here!5th Feb:We arrived at about 8.00pm into Bangkok airport and as soon as we left the airport terminal we really realised how hot and humid Bangkok was, and the climate we would have to get use to for the next 3 months! We caught a cab to our hostel (which we later discovered was overpriced) passed pristine roads and billboards setting an almost facade for the Bangkok we were still to meet. When we arrived at our hostel we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the accommodation. The place was clean and seemed quite nice. We went for our first walk in Bangkok to get something to eat in this foreign city that was evidently no stranger to westerners. We finally settled on Fish Ball soup from a street vendor as our first meal, wondering if food poisoning would follow (It did not), we actually quite enjoyed it. We then bought a few beers, Chang being the beer of choice in Thailand, and headed back to the hostel. It was there that we met th

  • Take Off! @ Melbourne Airport


    Hey guys! Welcome to our first proper post and podcast!We are at Melbourne Airport waiting for the plane to start boarding so we can begin this epic adventure. The first stop is Bangkok and then we are heading into Cambodia. We will definitely check in when we arrive in Thailand, but until then, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and then have a listen. Make sure you keep a track of us as we travel to every possible location that will have us!To listen to the first podcast, click here!Over and out.

  • The Beginning - T minus 1 month!


    Welcome to the Antics of Earthbound Astronauts blog!You have just come across the next generation of travel blogging. Following the adventures and exploits of two Aussies as they endeavour to conquer and explore the world one location at a time.Starting in early 2013, the countdown begins, prepare yourselves......To listen to the first podcast click here